as a modifier, attested by 1941. The expression is much older (1610s). Related: Do-it-yourselfer.
variable star (Beta Persei) in the constellation Perseus, late 14c., literally "the Demon," from Arabic al-ghul "the demon" (see ghoul). It corresponds, in modern representations of the constellation, to the gorgon's head Perseus holds, but probably it was so called because it visibly varies in brightness every three days, which sets it apart from other bright stars.
The computer language (1959) is a contraction of algo(rithmic) l(anguage); see algorithm.
"bashful, modest," see shamefaced, which is a corruption of it. Related: Shamefastly; shamefastness.
CHEESE IT. Be silent, be quiet, don't do it. Cheese it, the coves are fly; be silent, the people understand our discourse. ["Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence," London, 1811]